Drug drop-off day hosted in Columbus area, elsewhere to combat prescription drug addiction - The Columbus Dispatch
To help prevent prescription drug addiction and misuse, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is hosting six drop-off locations Saturday for Ohioans to deposit unused drugs that they don’t need.
Kroger stores in Westerville (55 W. Schrock Road) and Hilliard (4656 Cemetery Road) are among the locations that will be active from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Others that will be open in Fayette and Scioto counties are:
- Fayette County Jail, 1500 Robinson Road S.E., Washington Court House
- Kroger, 548 Clinton Ave., Washington Court House
- Kroger, 811 Gay St., Portsmouth
- Kroger, 9101 Ohio River Road, Wheelersburg
“Families [in these counties] have been among the hardest hit. But we do want to help protect your loved ones. So, this is an opportunity to drop off your old prescriptions,” Yost said in a video posted to Twitter Friday.
Prescription drug misuse can occur by taking someone else’s prescription medicine, taking the medicine in a different way or dose than prescribed, or taking the medicine for an effect it causes to get high, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Yost said in the video that many opioid addictions start with leftover prescriptions left in a family medicine cabinet, as individuals gain access to the drugs and fuel an addiction.
“That’s why drug-take-back days are so important and safe disposal. While you need your medicine, please keep it up high, secured if possible. And if you don’t need it anymore, dispose of it safely,” Yost said in the video.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 81,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in the 12 months ending in May 2020, the highest number ever recorded for a 12-month period.